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'World of Warcraft' Keeps Making Expansions

Posted November 18, 2008 - By kijibe

Less than a week after the release of World of Warcraft's second expansion, there is already talk of future ones.

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime says that they are thinking about what should go into the next expansion pack.

"We do want each expansion to be considered a big value for players."

He also recognizes fans could experience burnout with frequent releases, "I think putting too many expansions out too frequently, you probably get to the point where people do need to start taking a little break," he said.

Blizzard will keep the monthly subscriber fee at the current $15 as Morhaime believes the price is "right to us and our players," and furthered by saying, "there really isn't a better value you can get in entertainment."

They must be doing something right, they recently eclipsed the 11 million subscribers mark.


Mila Kunis Plays 'World Of Warcraft'

Posted October 21, 2008 - By jmanalang

There are plenty of reasons to adore the entity known as Mila Kunis. Aside for being "feign-death" gorgeous, she's quite the comic, voicing the character of Meg Griffin in Family Guy. Not only that, but she played the sexy Mona Sax in the recent Max Payne feature film.

And, folks, to top it all of, Mila Kunis is an avid player of World of Warcraft, complete with raid-talk and "Twink"-build characters. Here's what Kunis had to say during the Jimmy Kimmel show:

“The problem is, if anyone plays Warcraft… I’m really good, I’m a really kick ass Mage… We’ll you’re your own person and you can get into a guild… You gotta be in a guild, because you gotta do raids that require thirty or forty people. But now with the expansion pack, they’re gonna have raids that require only like ten people. So that’ll really make things a lot easier… Oh my god, it’s such a good game. I love it.”

We love you too...

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Lose 100 Pounds With 'World of Warcraft'

Posted September 22, 2008 - By jmanalang

Hey, Althaea just lost 100 pounds! Thanks World of Warcraft!

Imitating the folks who have attached a treadmill to their computers in order to simulate the real WoW experience, a player from the Eitrigg server claims that he has lost over 100 pounds by traversing the lands of Azeroth via "WarBiking". In an interview with WoWInsider, the entity known as Althaea said:

"I'd been thinking about the treadmill for several months. I don't know whether it was before or after the apnea diagnosis, but I did come across some of the "everyday exercise" research that's going on at the Mayo Clinic. Basically, though, I'd been thinking that I only use a few left-hand key bindings for most of my WoW play, and I use the arrow keys for movement (I know, I know, L2P, blah blah blah) -- so why couldn't I rig up some sort of way to put a computer on a treadmill and play?"

Yes, why not? Because not only did he shed the weight, but according to the interview, the WoW excercise also helped him diagnose his sleep apnea. Amazing! We're still trying to blueprint our own exercise contraption. Hit the jump to see the WoW treadmill in action!

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New Microsoft Ad

Posted September 19, 2008 - By TylerColfax

Apparently, this is the phase 2 Microsoft and their ad peeps were talking on:


Colbert Hosts Garriott

Posted September 18, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Talk show host, Rock Band 2 star and great American Stephen Colbert is hosting Lord British himself, Richard Garriott, on tonight's Colbert Report.

As you may have read, Colbert is saving humanity by having his DNA digitized and sent into space on the Tabula Rasa Immortality Drive created by Garriott. The DNA will be stored in the international space station so we will have electro-clones to fight robots after the revolution of 2043.

The Colbert Report airs on Comedy Central,at 11:30 pm / 10:30 pm CT.

Want to know more about the Tabula Rasa Immortality Drive? Check out Richard Garriott 'splainin' it:

Tabula Rasa: Operation Immortality - Garriott Interview »

Remember that website we told you about, AntiSpore.com? The one from a supposed creationist who was posting evil hateful things about Will Wright, the creator of the evolutionary God-like simulation game Spore? Well we had a feeling something was rotten in Denmark, but we had no idea that the hoax would be revealed in such a wonderful, glorious way. While quoting the book of Genisis from the Bible, the webmaster blessed us with this divine passage:

...But the Bible teaches us that God was not done with man. For we were His creation and He then spoke to Noah in Genesis 8:21-27 after the flood.
“21. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never gonna give you up.
22. “Never gonna let you down.”
23.”Never gonna run around and desert you.”
24. “Never gonna make you cry.”
25. “Never gonna say goodbye.”
26. “Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.”
27.”Never truly believe anything you read on the Internet. There will always be cases of Poe’s Law.”

Thank you, dear sir, for making by far one of the greatest internet jokes in recent memory. Your execution was flawless, your timing was perfect, and your reveal was legendary. Kudos.


Motorhead Comes To 'Entropia Universe'

Posted September 10, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Mindark, developer and operator of Virtual World Entropia Universe, announced today they are partnering with legendary metal band Motörhead to create Motörhead Stadium and Lemmy’s Castle within Entropia Universe (PC MMO). Lemmy of course, being frontman Lemmy Kilmister, the band’s founder, singer and bassist.

The Stadium and Castle are being built utilizing the award-winning CryENGINE 2 graphics engine. This will be the virtual universe’s first major virtual rock arena and castle that will enable fans to hear exclusive music as well as battle Lemmy’s Guardians in hopes of joining his private Virtual Army. Lemmy's Castle will be defended by Guardians, some of whom when defeated, will drop rare and valuable Motörhead Armor Parts. Fans must collect a full set of Motörhead Armor in order to gain entrance to the inner sanctum of Lemmy's Castle and be eligible to join Lemmy's private Army. 

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Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the creators of the Penny Arcade webcomic and the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, mentioned in an interview with 1up that starting in 2010 they will hold a second yearly PAX event in Boston. The new PAX is still in the early planning stages at the moment, but will act as a compliment to the existing PAX in Seattle, not a replacement. This was apparently spawned by a presentation the animated duo gave at MIT a few years back, where they swore they would return to Boston...at some point in the future.

I, for one, welcome this new event. Boston is a beautiful city (at the right time of the year) and has a wonderful setting for an event such as this. May I suggest holding the event sometime in the spring or fall? Trust me, you don't want to get stuck in 3 feet of snow in January or in 110 degree heat with 98% humidity in August.


Computer Worm Orbits Outer Space

Posted August 27, 2008 - By jmanalang

How's this for 1337 H4X:

NASA confirmed that last month, machines at the International Space Station (ISS) were infected by the "Gammima.AG" worm virus through laptops carried on to the station. The virus steals personal login information for online games popular in Asia such as Maple Story, HuangYi Online and Talesweaver.

However, NASA said that July's virus visit wasn't the first time a malicious program made its way to outer space, claiming that they were merely a "nuisance". The Gammima worm was first tracked in 2007 and fortunately, it didn't trigger any significant malfunction problems that could've caused a major catastrophe inside the space station. NASA is currently investigating the source of the virus with the ISS.

One small step for man, one giant leap for hackers?


Teen Threatens Family Over PC

Posted August 26, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

A teenager in Florida went on a computer-rage rampage yesterday, threatening his mother with a knife and beating his brother with a sugar cane because someone messed around with the family PC.

The teen, angered over  "a change in computer privileges," threw several objects at his family, then picked up the knife and sugar cane and menaced his folks. He must have leveled up his dual-wielding, eh?

A brief editorial note: When I first read this story, I was picturing a "sugar cane" as either a candy cane or as a gigantic Pixy Stick that rains sweet, sweet sugar from its tip, so it didn't seem like an effective way of threatening your younger brother, but it turns out a sugar cane is more like a stiff bamboo stalk (see picture, right) than like either thing I imagined. Also: Do not do this to your family, even if you get locked out of your computer. You'll end up looking dumb on the internet.


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